ARTS THREAD is proud to present the work of Northumbria University graduate Emily Edge at the upcoming Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter in Paris. The up-and-coming British designer makes classic menswear pieces in bold colours and sharp silhouettes. We ask Emily a few questions to learn more about her latest collection and how she feels about exhibiting in the City of Light.
ARTS THREAD: Tell us about the collection you are showing at Who’s Next?
Emily Edge: Glass Geometry is a collection of classic menswear pieces, for a confident gentleman who wants to transcend trends and define his unique look. Inspired by shards of broken glass and modernist architectural shapes, the silhouette is fractured, oversized and super slim all at once. The palette is taken from my seascape of my coastal hometown – ice blue and cold grey with highlights of golden yellow like the sun refracted through a stained glass window. The knitwear pieces take their cue from geometric mosaics, creating a contrast of textures with felted lambswool and fine metallic lurex.
AT: How do you feel classic tailoring can be updated for today’s man?
EE: I see a shift in the use of colour and print in modern menswear – today’s fashion conscious men are brave enough to explore print and colour. There are many ways to include print in your wardrobe to varying degrees of adventurousness so there’s something for everyone!
AT: What fabrics and techniques do you use?
EE: I like to use a mixture of modern and traditional fabrication, for example I’ve used a classic British tailoring cloth like wool flannel and paired it with navy lamb nappa to create a suit which combines traditional tailoring and originality. In addition I’ve used fine cotton shirting, wool melton, a combination of heavy golden suede and soft ice blue suede, superfine merino wool, digitally printed cotton shirting and cotton drill, and lots of leather!
AT: What do you hope to gain from exhibiting at Who’s Next?
EE: Having the chance to exhibit at the largest fashion trade fair in the world is an amazing platform to showcase my collection and meet industry professionals. I hope to receive valuable feedback and learn as much as I can from the opportunity. I’m sure it will be a learning curve, but I can’t wait!
Who’s Next Prêt-à-Porter Paris will run from 30 June – 3 July at Porte de Versailles Paris. For more information, visit the Who’s Next website.